October 2013

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Not Every Day Is Like Sunday

In tribute to the release of Morrissey’s autobiography this week I give you a blog post with Moz themed headlines… It’s Monday and we are in Xi’an, a city of some 7 million people, and home to a large Muslim population, which is a bit odd in an officially atheist country. Every Day Is Not […]

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Only Losers Take The Bus

As Stephen mentioned yesterday, we decided to take public transport yet again, this time to get to Xi’an. We knew we’d have to resort to bus or train at least once more to make our November 9 deadline in Shanghai, and we are hoping that the industrial smog-choked lands we avoided by taking the bus […]

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Ancient City Luxury

After almost 100 km of riding yesterday, I was pretty tired. So I took advantage of our day without travel and slept in. Luxury. I slept so hard Jane actually had to wake me at 9:30 so we could get on with our day. She had already been up for a while, busily planning our […]

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Hitting The Highway

6,589 km so far. Back to the train station first thing this morning, fingers and toes crossed that we’ll find our bikes there, in good shape and ready to ride. Clueless Foreigners At the baggage office we handed our receipt to the woman behind the glass. She took a look at it and handed it […]

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Terrible Twos

6,491 km so far. We both wanted to be at the train station quite early this morning to look for our bikes, but we didn’t get to sleep until past 2:30am, so we slept in and then were slow getting going this morning. Since I have little faith that our bikes will be at the […]

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Finally Leaving Beijing

6,491 km so far. Yesterday, after much discussion and many phone calls, we booked our train tickets. According to the baggage office at the train station, we could only take our bikes by checking them in as baggage on the baggage car. This was no surprise as we’d read accounts of other cyclists doing the […]

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Right, Left, Or Middle Way

6,483 km so far. Quick note before we begin. There have been a couple of days now when we haven’t been able to access our blog. Not sure why, but it doesn’t always load. So don’t be alarmed if we don’t post regularly. We’ll be back soon. We had a lot of planning to do […]

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Actually Pretty Great Wall

A trip to Beijing is obviously not complete without a visit to The Great Wall. The most popular section is Badaling, as it is very close to Beijing. It is also the section that is best renovated, and has few steep climbs, so it is packed with tourists from all over China and all over […]

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Chinese Efficiency

This morning I put the kibosh on any more walking, at least until we reached the Forbidden City. It’s far too easy to get distracted on foot, and besides, my legs are tired from all the miles we’ve put in. In addition, the thick grey smog continues, so we don’t want to breathe any more […]

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One Foot In Front Of The Other

Tonight I teach yoga at Fine Yoga’s Blue Castle studio, so I had to spend some time this morning preparing for class. Our theme is based on this quote: Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs. ― […]

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